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The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced many Arlington businesses to evolve in the face of unprecedented challenges. Our neighborhood restaurants are among those struggling to adapt to this new normal, as dining room closures and CDC guidelines force owners to make tough decisions concerning their businesses.
During these difficult times, local business improvement districts (BIDs) are great community organizations who shine a spotlight on our respective communities, and continue making the strong connections that we’re known for. That’s why we recently launched #RosslynRewards to reward those who are ordering carryout or delivery and encourage people to continue to support these businesses, doing their small part to help keep them afloat.
When a customer orders from a participating restaurant and shares their meal on social media with the hashtag RosslynRewards, the Rosslyn BID is offering a $10 reward for every $20 spent on each order (with a $50 maximum reward). Patrons can then decide if they want that reward in the form of a giftcard or if they want to donate the reward directly back to that restaurant.
We recognize that this crisis represents a crucial turning point for many of the businesses that help define the heart of Rosslyn. The reality is that some of these restaurants will recover, but many may not. That’s why now is the time for us as a community to help in whatever ways we are able. #RosslynRewards is a tangible way to do so (and score some delicious food in the process!)
We’re also working to compile helpful resources and keep them up-to-date on our website. You’ll find our local restaurant directory and business resources are just a few of the tools provided by the Rosslyn BID to help the community remain strong and informed. We’re actively adding to our COVID-19 resources page every day.
As we all adjust to changing circumstances, it’s more important than ever to remain positive and continue to support our neighbors so that we all might emerge stronger on the other side.
Support your local restaurants with #RosslynRewards by visiting the RosslynBID website.
Guest blog post by Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID